Jack Sohmer

Jack’s Contributions


December 2001    Albums

All This . . .Live in The U.K. Vol 1
Ken Peplowski

Probably because most of his recordings in the last decade have concentrated on his clarinet artistry, public acknowledgement of Ken Peplowski's equal mastery of the tenor sax has been somewhat delayed. However, this is not the case with those who have had...


September 2001    Albums

Yellow Fire
Franz Jackson and the Salty Dogs

What happens when an 88-year-old swing saxophonist, arranger and vocalist with a resume including stints with Reuben Reeves, Jimmie Noone, Roy Eldridge, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines, Cootie Williams, Red Allen and others joins his talents...


May 2001    Albums

You're My Thrill
Shirley Horn

Marked by a highly personal, leisurely approach to cadence in her reading of lyrics, Shirley Horn is one of today’s most easily identifiable contemporary interpreters of classic popular song material. Intimate and warm, Horn’s voice is the perfect tool to...


May 2001    Albums

Eyes of the Elders
T.K. Blue

Global jazz-fusion might be a convenient term to use in reference to at least some of the music that altoman T. K. Blue offers on this release, but, for the most part, it is straightahead contemporary jazz. Bearing a tone that seems to have its origins in...


May 2001    Albums

Beautiful Love
Jerry Ascione Big Band

Herman West Coast jazz scene, for around 25 years now Sea Breeze has remained a beacon of light and hope for both aficionados of the genre and the hundreds of qualified musicians who, without the opportunity to record for major labels, might otherwise have...


May 2001    Albums

Love Songs Live!
Harry Allen

Although the rampant romanticism that suffuses tenorman Allen's balladeering may not meet the imperatives of contemporary improvisation that avant-gardists have set for our music, so be it. Clearly, we're talking about two entirely different approaches to...


May 2001    Albums

The Satchmo Legacy
Benny Bailey

To label the collective performance on this CD as The Satchmo Legacy is to put forth the boldest of claims ever. It is as if to suggest that Louis Armstrong's vast contributions to musical expression can be summed up in less than an hour by Benny Bailey...


May 2001    Albums

In the Spirit of Fats Navarro
Mac Gollehon and Smokin' Section

With a range, power, and technique even the gentle Fats would have killed for, trumpeter Mac Gollehon here engages 12 numbers, four of which-"Eb-Pob," "Nostalgia," "Fats Blows" and "Boperation"-are Navarro originals, with the remainder consisting of Lockjaw...


May 2001    Albums

Uh Huh! Live at Montpelier
Buck Hill

A contemporary of Rollins, Mobley and Trane, tenorman Buck Hill, of Washington, D.C., managed to elude national fame for decades by remaining a day-job-bound family man who rarely worked outside his local turf. On a personal note, while playing at a D.C...


May 2001    Albums

An Evening At Sea
Henry Johnson Quartet

Not knowing what other musical presentations were being offered on the QE II's Nov. 1999 transatlantic voyage, it nevertheless may be assumed that catching a set by guitarist Johnson's quartet would have constituted, at best, a relaxing interlude between...


May 2001    Albums

Omaha Blues
Preston Love

Best known to jazz historians and record collectors as lead altoman Earl Warren's replacement in Count Basie's 1943 to '47 band, Preston Love, since then an accomplished tenorman and vocalist as well, went on to enjoy a wide and varied career in R&B and...


May 2001    Albums

Silver Storm
Bud Shank Sextet featuring Bill Perkins, Conte Candoli

Almost a half century after their days as poster boys for West Coast cool, itself an approach to jazz first codified in New York, altoman Bud Shank, trumpeter Conte Candoli and tenorman Bill Perkins reflect on Silver Storm another sound that also found its...


May 2001    Books

Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians
Floyd Levin

For over 50 years, Floyd Levin has played an active role in supporting and advancing the cause of the music he loves. He has written hundreds, if not thousands, of articles over those years and has been published in Melody Maker, Down Beat, The Mississippi...


April 2001    Albums

Wiggle Stomp
Mike Freeman

For a long time, Freeman has been obsessed with the wide variety of rhythms and percussive techniques common to all forms of Latin American music, and his work here clearly reflects that fascination. Of his 12 numbers, most adhere to that persuasion. Abetted...


April 2001    Albums

Moving Forward-Reaching Back
Kurt Weil and Vibes Revisited

This Weil release is convincing, straightahead contemporary jazz. On board here are such inventive sidemen as deep-toned tenorman and altoist Christoph Grab, pianist Stefan Stahel, bassist Mark Egan, drummer Danny Gottlieb and guitarist Joe Beck. Weil's...


March 2001    Books

Living the Jazz Life: Conversations With Forty Musicians About Their Careers in Jazz
W. Royal Stokes

Oral interviews have been an integral part of jazz’s historical literature ever since the 1950 publication of Jelly Roll Morton’s recorded reminiscences. This was early jazz history come alive, and it proved to exert a powerful influence on subsequent books...

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